Executive Assistant

Dip your toe in the Whitehall pond: this is an opportunity for a bright, dynamic and flexible individual to see the inside workings of Westminster, close up.

You will work with the Senior Management Team in an ambitious organisation which seeks to effect positive change for children throughout Whitehall. The very varied role incorporates project and diary management, liaison with ministers’ offices, preparing briefings for the Children’s Commissioner, and attending events in and around Parliament.

The ability to juggle multiple demands, work towards strict deadlines, take ownership of tasks and be self-sufficient is essential. You will also need to be confident enough to work with senior professionals.


This role offers an opportunity to be part of an ambitious team in a fast-paced environment at the heart of Westminster; to develop policy knowledge, expand contacts, and learn how Whitehall works. The post does require first-rate organisational skills, energy, initiative, flexibility and enthusiasm. Following a successful 12 months in this role, you may have the opportunity to apply for vacancies in policy, evidence or communications teams across the office.

Working to support the Director of Policy and Strategy and the Director of Evidence, and where required the Children’s Commissioner, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting the work of the senior team including managing and minuting their policy and evidence meetings and setting up occasional larger meetings an events
  • Responding to and liaising with Government Departments, Ministers’ Offices, Parliamentarians and national charities and organisations on behalf of the Directors
  • Managing the diary of the two Directors
  • Supporting the policy team with the organisation of high profile events
  • Assisting the Executive support manager with the smooth running of the senior management daily operations
  • Creating a welcoming and professional environment for visitors
  • Managing on request the invitations and correspondence files for the office.

Mandatory skills/requirements:

  • Degree or Masters in a relevant subject
  • First-rate written communication
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Research skills, and the ability to apply them in a policy environment
  • Demonstrable organisational skills
  • Adaptability and the ability to multi-task
  • Confidence to hit the ground running and learn fast
  • Knowledge of software including MS Office; basic statistical skills would be an advantage
  • A helpful, open attitude and sound judgement

PLEASE NOTE: we may close this vacancy early if we receive a large number of applications.


£27,388 to £29,495

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How to Apply

Please send a copy of your CV in Word (PDF not accepted), a statement on how your skills match the requirements outlined in the job description (no more than 300 words), candidate information form and equal opportunities and diversity form to:


Submissions by midnight on Sunday 27 October 2019. Please note we may close the vacancy early if we receive a large number of applications.

Applicants may be invited to undertake a verbal reasoning test and those candidates invited to interview will be required to complete a written test.